Police guarding the prison after the escape – in case anyone tries to return, I guess…
The 129 inmates who escaped from a northern Mexico prison did not flee through a tunnel, as authorities first reported. They walked out the front door.
Federal and local authorities launched a manhunt after the inmates escaped Monday in Piedras Negras, across the border from Eagle Pass, Texas.
Authorities arrested 16 employees, including the prison director, after the escape…
Mexican President Felipe Calderon condemned the escape, calling it “deplorable” in a series of Twitter posts Tuesday.
“In the past six years, more than 1,000 inmates have escaped from state prisons. From the federal prisons, not one,” he wrote.
Authorities originally said the inmates in the latest escape slipped through a 23-foot tunnel, sliced through a chain-link fence and ran through an empty lot.
But they released new information saying the inmates went through the front door.
Police set up blockades on roads leading to the Mexico-U.S. border. U.S. Customs and Border Protection placed its officers and agents in the area on alert, a homeland security official said.
“At this point, CBP has no reports of escapees attempting to cross the border. We will continue coordinating with our Mexican counterparts as we monitor this situation,” the source said.
Golly. I’m so relieved to know that Homeland Security is on the job. Har.